Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The death of the author

The context of Holbrooke’s final words, however, is important. Some have suggested the remark reflected his final anti-war wish, but new information from the State Department says his last words came at the end of a lengthy exchange as doctor’s tried to get the bombastic Holbrooke to relax before surgery. The ambassador passed away Monday night after he underwent two surgeries, including one lasting over 20 hours, after suffering a tear in his aorta on Friday.
It's all about context, you see. Textual Analysts at the State Department have closely examined Richard "Mr Bombastic" Holbrooke's last words and determined that "you've got to stop this war in Afghanistan" does not mean what you think it might. The ABC Critical Theory Editor helpfully agrees; (pretend) everything can be alright.

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